ANNEMARIE · Married on 06/15/2015
I recently was married in Yosemite and Carol from Bellissimo was referred by my wedding planner (AddyRose) for hair and make-up. Carol not only did an amazing job on me but she did as well on my bridesmaids and my soon to be mother-n-law! Carol was able to work her beauty magic on me the morning of my wedding!! When I rolled in a half an hour late the morning of I was not feeling well at all!! I was amazed at the transformation and apparently so was everyone else!! For the first time ever, I can honestly say I felt beautiful and I owe a big thanks to Carol for that!!Sent on 07/08/2015
KRIS · Married on 05/24/2014
I am a mountain girl who doesn't do much with my hair and makeup but what Carol did to me on my wedding day was absolutely breathtaking! Literally....those who saw the reaction on my now husband's face when he saw me was a look my friends say they will never forget. I asked her to leave my hair down so she did some soft curls and pinned a couple spots up and then made my face flawless and my pictures show it! Thank you Carol for making the day even more perfect!!Sent on 06/04/2014
Danielle · Married on 10/19/2013
My makeup and hair were great and held up all night long! Carol was fun to work with, she has a wonderful personality! My bridesmaids looked wonderful. Fully recommend her servicesSent on 10/28/2013
Drake · Married on 10/13/2013
Carol was wonderful to work with. She was flexible with some last-minute changes on timing and arrived early in the morning and ready to go. Despite spending a few hours doing hair and make-up for a bride, two moms, and hair for a sister-in-law and flower girl, she remained full of energy and took the time needed to give everyone just the look they wanted. Using some pictures I sent for inspiration, she created a great vintage look for me. And my niece looked like a princess as the flower girl! All of the ladies felt beautiful thanks to Carol and her lovely work. Pictures available at: http://athenakalindiphotography.com/blog/Sent on 10/26/2013
User3629500 · 2+ years ago
Absolutely fantastic - I looked great. If only I could get my falsies to stick perfectly like that it was a crime to take them off.Sent on 10/24/2013
Teri · Married on 09/17/2013
I loved the way I looked! I provided a picture of what I wanted and Carol was able to replicate it and make it work with my hair (which is naturally curly and really thick). I've always been weary of having my makeup done because I don't usually wear makeup and I'm always afraid the result won't really look like me. She did a great job! Her makeup really enhanced my features without making me feel really made up. I would definitely recommend her to anyone!Sent on 10/24/2013
Kelli · Married on 09/15/2013
I had the pleasure of working with Carol Cardinale to do my hair and makeup for my wedding. I cant begin to tell you how happy I was with the results. My wedding was held at the Tenaya Lodge in September. Carol and 2 of her stylists arrived on time the morning of my event to do hair and makeup for me (the bride), my mother and my MOH. Carol and her staff are fun, friendly and simply do beautiful work. They kept us on schedule for photographs and I just couldn’t have asked for more. My hair and makeup were perfect. The up-do held from 1pm until after 1am (when the party ended). I highly recommend her to anyone getting married in and around the Yosemite area.Sent on 10/24/2013
Tatiana · Married on 09/01/2013
Carol was my hairstylist for the wedding and I highly recommend her services. She is professional, experienced hairstylist who can bring your ideas to reality. I have fine hair, very difficult to fix and I asked Carol to make a hairstyle for me using long hair-clip extensions. I was very happy with the result. The curled hair stayed beautiful, well fixed from 2 pm to 11 pm and it looked very natural. She also helped me to apply artificial lashes and added some more makeup to my eyes. When I followed the instructions and did my lashes myself, they never stayed longer than 2-3 hours and I often had issues with the inner corner where the lashes came off after some time. Carol explained to me how to do it better and helped me to apply the lashes. As a result, I didn’t have any problems the whole wedding. She has a very pleasant personality, easy to get along with and, she is not trying to push you with her ideas just to make her work easier. You will get what you’ve asked. It was my pleasure to work with her.Sent on 09/22/2013
Raquel · Married on 08/11/2013
I have been very blessed to have Carol be my hairstylist since High school. Me and my best friend Jasmine have always been clients of Carol and have only seen others when we moved away and had to. Carol did Jasmine's hair and mine for Jasmine's wedding and it was perfect. When my boyfriend KC proposed last year after calling my family with the exciting news I called Carol to book my appointment with her. There is no one else I would trust with my wedding hair and makeup than Carol. She is amazing at what she does and she will take whatever picture you want for your hair and make it happen and makes it even better and it lasts all day. The makeup was perfect and lasted all day, which was amazing since I cried through the whole ceremony. Carol is very comfortable to be with and makes you feel right at ease on your wonderful/stressful day. Like I said before Carol is the only one I have and ever will trust for a great hair and makeup experience and I promise she will make you look and feel beautiful on your important day.Sent on 09/03/2013
Sara · Married on 08/03/2013
Carol was on time and ready to go. She was a sweet & calming presence the morning of my wedding.Sent on 11/10/2013
katie · Married on 11/18/2012
Carol did a fantastic job with the hair and makeup for myself and my bridesmaids. We all had different looks but they all came together really well and each girl had makeup they were comfortable in. I personally do not like the "smokey eye" on me because I am very fair so I look like a raccoon. She covered up the stress blemishes I had gotten in the days leading up to the wedding but it was light and looked very natural. My hair and make up lasted all night and I loved how she incorporated a beautiful blingy ribbon I really wanted in my hair. The pictures and memories are what last a lifetime and I love how I looked!Sent on 12/05/2012
Nicole · Married on 10/06/2012
I worked with Carol for my bridal hair and makeup and definitely recommend her! I live about 8 hours away from Bellissimo (and my wedding venue), but Carol worked with my schedule, making sure I was able to receive trial hair and makeup (coming in Monday during Labor Day Weekend).Sent on 01/22/2013
On the day-of the wedding, Carol and her team were on time to the Ahwahnee Hotel and set-up very quickly. They were able to do 6 bridesmaids hair, my mom's makeup, and my hair and make-up ahead of schedule, and everyone looked great!
I received many compliments on my unique hairstyle, which turned out better than the trial. Carol listened to me, and took my thoughts/concerns/ideas into consideration. I would definitely recommend Bellissimo!
Michelle · Married on 07/07/2012
Carol is the most wonderful person you could ever meet! She takes all your wants into consideration and is like a fairy godmother, performing magic to the most magical day of your life. She is an artist in her own right. All my bridesmaids were made up so beautifully and my hair could not have been done any better. Since my wedding was in the summer my husband wanted my hair down but I wanted it up and out of my face. Carol made sure to make both of us happy so she create a waterfall effect to my hair. This make it a wonderful compromise on what my husband wanted to see and what I wanted. My makeup was to die for. She knows exactly what will look good on a woman and what won't. I didn't know how I would like my lipstick/gloss done (because it was red) but Carol told me to trust her. I did and it was amazing!!! My lips popped giving contrast to my eyes and face. I couldn't of been happier with her decision. My eye makeup was to die for. I don't wear makeup very often so I didn't want to be to flashy with it. Carol understood and made my eyes glow, adding just enough makeup to notice I was wearing it but not to much to where I felt like I was overdoing myself. The makeup lasted throughout the night. My husband and I could not have been any happier. Thank you Carol for all your hard work and making my day that much better.Sent on 02/15/2013
Lindy · Married on 09/17/2011
Loved how my hair and makeup turned out!Sent on 10/25/2011
Alison · Married on 08/27/2011
Carol is amazing. She came to Tenaya Lodge to do my hair and makeup for the wedding at the Ahwahnee. We didn't do a trial run or even talk about what I wanted until she came into the hotel room. I showed her a few pictures of hairstyles, and she somehow managed to combine pieces of each hairstyle and create something better than any of the photos I brought! She's great at creating soft, up-to-date styles that don't make you look you're attending a 1990s high school prom.Sent on 09/27/2011
And just to attest to the quality of her materials and work--my makeup and hair did not smudge, run, or move an inch throughout a 5 hour photo shoot in direct sunlight in 90F+ weather (despite me sweating!), a 30 min ceremony facing into the sun, a pretty crazy dancing reception in a very hot room, and a 2 hour bus ride back to Tenaya! It actually still looked so great at 2am that I didn't want to wash off the makeup or take the pins out of my hair! :) I highly recommend Carol to anyone getting married in Yosemite!
Bellissimo Brides's reply:Thank you for such a FABULOUS review Allison you were such a pleasure to work with...Sweet and pleasant although I arrived @ 7AM!
Zara · Married on 05/29/2011
I've never been able to do anything with my hair and I don't wear makeup, so I was really unsure what to do for my wedding day. I was apprehensive because Carol didn't give me any pre-planning ideas, and I had no idea what to ask her for, but on the day of she came in like a magican and worked her magic, knowing exactly what would look great on me. My hair and makeup were amazing! She gave me a choice of "natural" makeup, but I asked her for a "top model" look and that's what I got. My guy sees me every day, so I wanted to look different and stun him. I know they always say that you want to look like he'd recognize you, but come on, you want him to see you like nothing else and dazzle him! Carol made it all happened and she brought out all of my best features. She did my mom's hair, too, and everyone commented on how great my mom looked. I had my wedding in Yosemite, which requires a travel fee, so I was unsure about paying so much and I only had her website photos to go by. Let me tell you -- she is worth EVERY penny!Sent on 06/13/2011
Bellissimo Brides's reply:Thank you Zara...you and your family were a pleasure to work with! Thank you !
Shella · Married on 12/03/2010
What can't I say about Carol? She is nothing short of amazing!!! I would highly recommend her to anyone getting married. In the past I had, had a horror story with makeup and hair ( nonetheless at my sister's wedding)- I am also mixed with wild thick curly hair-naturally I was worried. Upon meeting Carol, she just laughed off my worries all the while straightening my hair in 45 minutes! Both the trial hair and makeup and the day- of went smoothly and were perfect. I have never had anyone do my hair, my makeup as well as my sisters' so good. I live 6 hours away, but when I want my hair cut, dyed, anything I will go back to her! She won't let you down and she really is amazing. Thank you so much Carol!Sent on 12/10/2010
Bellissimo Brides's reply:Thank you Beautiful Bride! I enjoyed working with you and your family!
Bre-Anna · Married on 08/21/2010
I can not say enough about Bellissimo! I am totally happy with the service and overall performance of Bellissimo. They are caring ,calm and very artistic. Being an out of town bride I really wanted to be sure that I looked the best I ever! Carol did the job beyond my expectations.Sent on 08/29/2010
Bellissimo Brides's reply:Thank you! Beautiful Bride!
Nat · Married on 08/14/2010
The girls at Bellissimo are the best ever! They are true artists Carol and her team did the most incredible job on hair and make up for myself and 13 other women! We were all extremely HAPPY! From the mothers to the maids all were perfectly satisfied! Carol and the Bellissimo girls were very proff and friendly! The did there job on time and without any problems! They all made us feel BEAUTIFUL! I Highly recommend Bellissimo for all you wedding hair and make up needs! Oh yes and the hair and make up lasted from 10 AM thru to the next morning!! Thank you Girls! We love Bellissimo!Sent on 08/29/2010
Bellissimo Brides's reply:Thank you!
Rachelle · Married on 07/17/2010
Thank you so much Carol Julianna and Shelly you did an evan better job than I could Imagine! I looked stunning as did my bridesmaids! I truly thank you for all you did! I never thought I could look so pretty! I was a true Cinderella! You are a true artist Carol so are your team members! I will tell all my friends about you!Sent on 08/29/2010
Bellissimo Brides's reply:Thank you I appreciate your kindness!
Sarah · Married on 06/25/2010
Carol was GREAT! My hair was perfect. She stayed away from the styles I said I hated, and really came up with something perfect for me and my dress style. She even squeezed in my mother-in-law late in the day when I realized I had forgotten to book a time for her (ops!). Everyone loved their hair and makeup!Sent on 07/02/2010
Bellissimo Brides's reply:Thank you Beautiful Bride!
Ashley · Married on 06/19/2010
When I decided to get married in Yosemite National Park, my greatest fear was finding quality and reliable vendors in such a remote location. I live in Washington D.C., and my husband grew up in NYC, so you could say we are big city types with big city expectations and desires.Sent on 07/07/2010
I found Carol after noticing several brides in my photographer's blog with unique hairstyles. Carol was responsive to all my emails, and clearly professional. I walked in for my trial with a picture of exactly what I wanted: finger curls, slightly asymmetrical and volume volume, volume. The problem: I have super fine hair without much natural volume which tends to fall out of pretty much any style I've ever had (even the ones done by the pros here in D.C.). Carol took one look at my inspiration photo, and created a unique variation that gave me more volume and style than I could have ever imagined. She took pictures of it, we discussed minor modifications and that was it.
On the wedding, she arrived with another stylist. They were prompt, and a lot of fun to be around. I got my dream hair and makeup and bet of all, the makeup AND the hair stayed flawlessly in place the WHOLE time-from its completion at 11 am till the end of the reception at 10 pm. She, along with one other stylist, completed gorgeous looks for myself, four bridesmaids and both my mother and mother-in-law, all within the allotted time. Everybody looked great-I cannot recommend her enough.
Bellissimo Brides's reply:Thank you for allowing my creativity! I will truly enjoy your pics!
Erin · Married on 11/07/2009
Carol is amazing!Sent on 02/09/2010
She is unbelievably gifted! We never even met until the morning of my wedding. And being that we hadn't met, she clearly had never touched my hair and didn't know it's length, color or texture. She hadn't seen or touched my skin, and didn't know it's type or tone. But even so, on the big day she proceeded to, seemingly effortlessly, make me look exactly how I had dreamed I would. I felt instantly comfortable in her capable hands, and she made me feel like we were old friends throughout our entire interaction. Carol's skill, personality and professionalism are worth every penny.
The only heads up I will offer up is that Carol's assistant's abilities do not quite compare to her own. Her assistant's worked on 3 of my bridesmaids, and Carol worked on 1 bridesmaid, 1 mom and myself. The results of which, there was no comparison. And in no way does that mean her assistant's work is not beautiful, because it is. Just that by comparison it suffers because Carol's work is flawless. Nevertheless the outcome was that we all looked beautiful. I loved my experience and working with carol only enhanced the magic that was our wedding day! I highly recommend Carol, and Bellissimo!
Bellissimo Brides's reply:Thank You!
Deb · Married on 10/25/2009
Thank you carol and your team! You made everyone look perfect! You also made everyone of the girls including my mother and Grandmother feel SPECIAL! Thank you for your professionalism and all your help! DebSent on 11/08/2009
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Missy · Married on 10/14/2009
FANTASTIC from my 1st visit to website thru my wedding day experience! Worth every penny I spent! Carol and her assistants did PERFECT! Work and were very pleasant. Thank you girls for making my day and my bridemaids day so PERFECT! We loved everything and the music as well! Also our hair and make up lasted all day and night what a relief!Sent on 10/19/2009